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[shawr-lahyn, shohr-] /ˈʃɔrˌlaɪn, ˈʃoʊr-/
the line where shore and water meet.
Origin of shoreline
1850-55; shore1 + line1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • It took a whole night, but in the morning a shoreline appeared to the North, and there on the strand stood a youth on look-out.

  • He centered the shoreline of the bay and put on maximum magnification.

    A Matter of Importance William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • The work is shown passing beneath an old timber-crib bulkhead, used for stabilizing the shoreline.

  • Circling the shoreline at a distance of about a mile, a curtain of mist was visible.

    Sinister Paradise Robert Moore Williams
  • There seemed to be no land between its western coast and the shoreline of China.

    Boy Scouts in the Philippines G. Harvey Ralphson
  • For a moment he surveyed the shoreline from his higher vantage point.

    The Flying Stingaree Harold Leland Goodwin
  • We sailed for three days along the shoreline, then came to the mouth of a fjord or river of immense size.

    The Smoky God Willis George Emerson
British Dictionary definitions for shoreline


the edge of a body of water
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for shoreline

also shore-line, 1852 in the geographical sense, from shore (n.) + line (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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